2016-2017 End-of-the-year Cookout

Group Picture Spring 2017

From L to R: Krutarth, Arvind, Dr. Blersch, Ali, Ming Hong, Jarrod, Enkai, Gabriel, Joseph (and son), and yours truly. Special appearance by Monica (the black lab)

With mixed feelings, we celebrated the last cookout during my time here at Auburn University. The entire group of research assistants from the 3D Printed BioSurfaces Lab and Teaching Assistants from my Manufacturing Systems class were able to come. It was a very pleasant lakeside evening with perfect weather in Chewacla State Park. Typical American fare of burgers and hot dogs were garnished with spectacular Indian Samosas and Iranian Tahdig dishes, among others. Thanks to all for your hard effort this term!.


Surface Metrology: a primer with Biosystems applications


SEM of southern red oak (Quercus falcata sp.)

This coming Thursday, March 30th, I will be delivering a seminar in the department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. I plan to cover some fundamentals of surface metrology, some of the more recent approaches and a few applications, including the topographical scanning of fossilized dinosaur teeth, leaves, wood surfaces as well as algal system substrata. Please join us form 12-1 pm in Corley Building #302.

Manjinder receives 2016 Master Thesis Research Award!

manjManjinder Kaur, a researcher from our 3D Printed Biosurfaces lab and who graduated with a Masters Degree in Biosystems Engineering this past summer, received the 2016 Master Thesis Award from Auburn University. Her work titled “Effect of Substratum Topography on Algal Turf Colonization and Productivity under Different Nutrient Conditions”, chaired by Dr. Blersch, was one of five campus-wide theses selected for this prestigious award. Her work will be entered to the Master Theses Award competition sponsored by the Conference of Southern  Graduate Schools. Congrats to Manjinder, well deserved!

Fellowship at NASA

This summer 2016, I will be a faculty fellow at NASA Marshal Flight Space Center in Huntsville, Alabama. I will be working with with their fantastic team in the ISM (In-Space Manufacturing) program which aims at supporting deep space missions beyond LEO (such as the Evolvable Mars Campaign) with manufacturing capabilities in microgravity/zero G environments. I look forward to sharing some of these experiences with my additive manufacturing class this fall 2016!

End of the Year – Group Cookout


Right to left: Eric Vogt, Stephanie Gray, Dr. David Blersch, Joseph Ekong, Gabriel Proano, MinHong Jian, Manjinder Kaur, Ali Khoshkhoo, Michael McClay, Kamran Kardel, John, Bakr Nassief, and yours truly.

For a third year in a row – which I guess makes it a tradition – we celebrated another productive academic year on May 9th. Hosted once again at “Casa Carrano”, our group consisting of Research Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Senior Design teams and doctoral/master students and their respective families enjoyed awesome food, drinks and displayed some truly terrible ping pong and basketball skills.

Good fun, thanks for another great year.


Dr. Chan Park retires!


Selfie with Dr. Park

I had the pleasure to attend Dr. Park’s retirement reception at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference center last night. Dr. Park, one of the few remaining academic giants in Industrial Engineering and author of many, many books in Engineering Economy (just go to Amazon and see how many!) retires after 36 years on the faculty at Auburn Engineering. It was an honor to serve on the faculty along with him for few years. Best wishes!.

EPA Senior Design Team Poster Session

The EPA P3 Senior Design team composed of 4 Industrial and Systems Engineering and 3 Biosystems Engineering students (co-advised by Dr. Blersch and I) presented their posters in Shelby Engineering to the ISE Alumni Council as well as their peers on Friday May 29th. Their counterparts in Biosystems Engineering also successfully defended the project before a panel of faculty on the same morning at CASIC. Good job to all and congratulations on their graduation!


Right to left: Bakr Nassief, Zane Trott, Stephanie Gray, Michael McClay and me